Archive of March 23, 2012

Americans speak up for religious freedom at nationwide rallies

Mar 23, 2012 - 06:04 pm .- Men and women of all ages raised their voices in support of religious liberty in the nation’s capital on March 23, speaking out against the federal contraception mandate and joining with those who participated in the Rally for Religious Freedom in locations across the country.

Pope Benedict lands in Mexico as 'pilgrim of faith, hope, love'

Mar 23, 2012 - 05:53 pm .- After the papal plane landed in Guanajuato, Mexico this afternoon, Pope Benedict told the enthusiastic crowds that he arrives to their country as a “pilgrim of faith, hope and of love.”

Mexican press office inaugurated for Pope's visit

Mar 23, 2012 - 03:43 pm .- The Archbishop of Leon, Mexico urged journalists to help Pope Benedict's voice resound worldwide as he inaugurated the country's international office press office in honor of the Pope's visit.

Controversial Vatican stem cell conference canceled

Mar 23, 2012 - 03:33 pm .- A controversial scientific conference which featured pro-embryonic stem cell researchers and was sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life has been canceled, just one month before it was set to take place.

Families key to preserving Catholicism in Cuba, dissidents say

Mar 23, 2012 - 01:06 pm .- As Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba nears, local leaders of peaceful dissent say families were key to maintaining the country's Catholicism amid government repression.

Pope goes to Latin America to promote good, fight evil

Mar 23, 2012 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI says he wants to help Mexico in its struggle against drug-related violence and assist Cuba in discovering a new post-Marxist future.

Italian president predicts success for Pope in Mexico, Cuba

Mar 23, 2012 - 10:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI set off this morning from Rome on his apostolic journey to Mexico and Cuba with predictions that his visit will provide a well-timed morale boost.

Pope's Mexico, Cuba visit a 'journey of hope'

Mar 23, 2012 - 09:43 am .- Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic voyage to Mexico and Cuba which begins today is a “journey of hope,” according to Vatican press director Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J.

Egypt remains on US list of worst religious freedom violators

Mar 23, 2012 - 04:04 am .- Egypt is still among the world's worst violators of religious freedom, according to a U.S. commission whose 2012 report has named it as a “country of particular concern” for the second year in a row.

More Catholics believe Obama administration unfriendly to religion

Mar 23, 2012 - 02:33 am .- Catholic Americans increasingly say that the Obama administration is unfriendly to religion, a new survey says, though Americans as a whole appear to be growing more skeptical towards a role for religion in public life.

N.C. bishops criticize Obama stand against marriage amendment

Mar 23, 2012 - 12:11 am .- President Barack Obama’s reported opposition to a North Carolina marriage amendment is a “grave disappointment” that further escalates the “increasing confusion” about the nature of marriage, the Catholic bishops of the state have said.